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James R. writes: Fishing in the Snake River and look over and see my pole going crazy. I jerked-up and the catfish gave me a heck of a battle.
Dp - April and May is prime-time for catfish fishing in the Snake River in the Weiser/Brownlee area. Use worms or cut bait and fish on the river bottom. Who knows how big the fish may be on the end of the line.
Check the above website about a young Meridian lady who holds the World Record for a perch caught through the ice using a tip-up.
If you're a bird watcher this week's report might just make you happy. With all the open water on Cascade there has been a plethora of waterfowl visiting the area, lots of ducks, geese, and swans. If you're an ice fisherman the outlook isn't so optimistic. With all the warm and wet weather we've been experiencing this past week the ice on cascade has gone for the wayside. The south end of the lake I would deem not safe. Besides the large open water gap between the bank and the ice itself there lies many more problems throughout the southern end of the lake. These problems would include but are not limited to large areas of open water, large cracks with open water gaps between them, and some rotten ice. With that being said I cannot say that anyone should attempt to fish on cascade south of Sugarloaf Island. This includes all the way from sugarloaf to the town of cascade. I have attached a few photos that I took today of Ice conditions on the southern end of the lake.
Now that we’re done being pessimistic, the north end of the lake continues to be fishable, with one exception. That exception is finding a spot to access the ice. With the influx of water from the thaw the level of the reservoir has increased causing the ice to pull away from the shore. Along with this the ice closest to shore is still fairly weak and soft. But if you can find your way onto the ice things are looking good. The ice depth around poison creek were still 6-7” of solid ice. There was a few places that you can actually access the ice around poison creek and the surrounding area. The area around boulder creek I wasn’t able to find a place that I could access the ice without going over the top of my boots and getting wet. If you’re a diehard ice fisherman and need to get that last little bit of fishing in the north end is where it can happen. With that being said extreme caution should be used especially right now with warm temperatures and thawing ice.
I guess I could mention that fishing still has continued to be fairly slow with those that have made it out on the ice. There seems to be a greater ratio of big to small fish but the overall number of fish being caught is fairly low.
DP - We lost two anglers on Winchester Lake this past week when they fell through the ice. Please be careful and if there's a doubt - save yourself to fish another day.
Idaho Fish and Game plans several public meetings around the state to discuss 2015 proposed big game seasons and rules.
Interested individuals can visit with department personnel concerning the proposed seasons and provide comments by attending any of the meetings listed below.
Panhandle Region 1 – open house meeting held from 4 to 7 pm:
- Monday, March 2, Panhandle Regional Office, 2885 W. Kathleen Ave., Coeur d’ Alene.
Clearwater Region 2 – all meeting will be held from 5 to 7 pm:
- Monday, February 23, Grangeville Senior Citizens Center, 108 N. State St.
- Tuesday, February 24, Latah County Fairgrounds Exhibit Building, 1021 Harold St. Moscow.
- Wednesday, February 25, Fish and Game Clearwater Hatchery, 118 Hatchery Roe Dr.
- Thursday, February 26, Clearwater Regional Office, 3316 16th St., Lewiston.
Southwest Region 3 – all meetings will be held 5 to 7 pm:
- Tuesday, February 24, Fish and Game McCall Office, 555 Deinhard Lane
- Wednesday, February 25, Council American Legion Hall, Highway 95.
- Thursday, February 26, Southwest Region Fish and Game Office, 3101 S. Powerline Road, Nampa
Biologists will also be available for discus the proposals and collect public comments at the 2015 Idaho Sportsman Show, March 5-8, at Expo Idaho, 5610 N Glenwood St., Boise.
Magic Valley Region 4 – all meetings will begin at 7 pm:
- Tuesday, February 24, Hailey Community Campus, Rooms 301 & 302, 1050 Fox Acres Rd., Hailey
- Wednesday, February 25, Burley Inn Minidoka Room #2, 800 N. Overland, Burley
- Thursday, February 26, Magic Valley Regional Office, 324 S. 417 E., Highway Business Park, 2.5 miles north of the Flying J, Jerome
Southeast Region 5 - all meetings will begin at 6:30 pm:
- Monday, February 23, Malad, Senior Citizens Center, 26 N. Main Street
- Tuesday, February 24, Soda Springs, Senior Citizens Center, 60 South Main Street
- Wednesday, February 25, Montpelier, Bear Lake Senior Citizens Center, 115 S. 4th
- Thursday, February 26, Preston, Larsen-Sant Public Library, 109 S. 1st East
- Monday, March 2, Blackfoot, City Hall Council Chambers, 157 North Broadway
- Tuesday, March 3, Pocatello, Southeast Region Fish and Game Office, 1345 Barton Road
Upper Snake Region 6 – all meetings will begin at 7 pm:
- Monday, February 23, Upper Snake Fish and Game Office, 4279 Commerce Circle
- Monday, March 2, Madison Middle School, 575 West 7th South in Rexburg
Salmon Region 7 – all meetings will be held from 5 to 8 pm:
- Wednesday, February 25, Salmon Fish and Game Office, 99 Hwy 93 North, Salmon
- Thursday, February 26, Challis Community Event Center, Board Room, Clinic Rd, Challis
In addition, 2 web-chats are scheduled on Wednesday, March 4, from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm and 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm. These will be attended by biologists from across the state to answer questions.
Comments taken at the meetings and online will be summarized and presented to the Idaho Fish and Game Commission at the March 23-24 meeting in Boise, when big game seasons are set.